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The Paradox of Gratitude and Desire

A guest post by Ben Fader from the Be Live Love blog.

I love my life! I love my daughter, my son, my wife! I love who I am, where I am, and what I choose to do! I am also more aware of my dreams, more active in pursuit of who I desire to be, taking one step in directions I believe in whether or not I am there yet. I am finding that this takes BOTH pervasive gratitude and great desire. 

Without gratitude, I become jealous, frustrated, sink into a victim mentality. Rather than pouring myself into and getting the most out of my current circumstances, I wish things were different and resist what lies right in front of me.

Without desire, it is easy to be complacent in my thankfulness. Entropy of ideas or one-time dreams take over and I settle into where I am. This isn’t always a bad thing, but stagnation and growth rarely come together.

For myself, I have even found that true gratitude can fuel desire, and the reverse is also true. 

God, I am truly thankful for who I am, who I’m with and what I get to do. I’m thankful for what I’m learning at this moment in my life, and the possibilities that are created from my all-in engagement on all fronts. I’m so satisfied with my life… and I’m hungry for more! Out of the joyful abundance I am freely receiving and giving, I look forward to greater impact and growth of the dreams of my heart. I am thankful, I’m desirous, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Come see Ben and learn more about the ins and outs of keeping a regular gratitude practice…not to mention the amazing health benefits!  He will be speaking at our November Wellness Workshop, The Grateful Heart, on November 19th at 7pm.  Sign up for the event here.

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